On Wednesday, March 14th, Mooeung Kim successfully defended his thesis, “Mechanistic Study on Multi-Electron Processes in POM Catalysis.” Mooeung’s thesis committee included his thesis advisor, Dr. Craig Hill, and members Dr. Brian Dyer and Dr. Cora MacBeth.
Looking forward, Mooeung is planning to move back to Korea, where he will begin working at SAMSUNG in July.
Craig L. Hill, Goodrich C. White Professor of Chemistry, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). RSC Fellows must have spent five years or more in a senior position and be judged to have contributed work of impact in the chemical sciences. Professor Hill’s research encompasses fundamental structural and reactivity studies, catalysis, functional nanomaterials and solar energy conversion. He has over 20,000 citations with a current h index of 71. In addition to his membership in the RSC, Dr. Hill is an elected member of the Academia Europea, a Fellow of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a nominator for the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, and an ACS Herty Medal Winner, among other accomplishments.
Marika Wieliczko defended her thesis, “Innocent and Non-innocent Countercation Interactions in Transition Metal Oxidation Catalysts” on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017. Marika’s thesis committed was led by Craig L. Hill with Cora MacBeth and Brian Dyer as additional members.
During her time at Emory, Marika was a founding member of SciComm, the graduate student science communications group. She was also an organizing member of the recent “Sickle & Flow” benefit concert that raised money for research into sickle cell disease.
Following graduation, Marika will be based in Washington, D.C. where she has a position in editorial development for the Royal Society of Chemistry in North America. Specifically, she will be working with the inorganic, nano, materials, and chemical engineering as well as general chemistry journals.
Sarah Lauinger successfully defended her thesis, “Immobilization Methods for Binding Polyoxometalates onto Surfaces for Water Splitting Applications” on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017. Sarah’s thesis committed was led by Craig Hill with Tianquan (Tim) Lian and Khalid Salaita as additional members. Sarah is a registered patent agent and plans to pursue a career in the legal field. Congratulations, Sarah!
Weiwei Guo successfully defended her thesis, “Polyoxometalate-based catalysts for toxic compound decontamination” on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016. Weiwei’s thesis committee was led by Craig Hill with Tim Lian and Chris Scarborough as additional members.
Weiwei is first author of the recently published “Broad-Spectrum Liquid- and Gas-Phase Decontamination of Chemical Warfare Agents by One-Dimensional Heteropolyniobates” in Angewandte Chemie.
Chemistry graduate students helped to raise awareness of sickle cell disease with “Sickle & Flow,” a hip hop benefit concert. The concert took place on Saturday, June 18th in Edgewood. Proceeds raised from the concert–which featured Command, Bassmint Fresh, Ariel Simone, and many more–will benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia.
Working together with the team at SciComm, [Matthew] Lewis [Emory MD/PhD Candidate] and Wieliczko began to reach out to different artists and musicians to discuss the different ways they could leverage Atlanta. The thought was that in order to better connect the scientific and medical communities with the public, they needed to tap into the culture that drives the city forward. “The nightlife, the music, the history of this place is so incredible,” says Lewis. “There are a lot of young people and a high proportion of African-Americans. We got to thinking: what if we could combine that youth culture, that music and arts vibe that is so strong in Atlanta, and try to partner with these organizations together and celebrate the lives of people affected by sickle cell?”
Dongmei Xiang successfully defended her thesis, “CO2 reduction catalyzed by mercaptopteridine” on Monday, April 11th, 2016. Dongmei’s thesis committee was led by Brian Dyer with Craig Hill and Tim Lian as additional members.
Elliot Glass successfully defended his thesis, “Charge Separation in Polyoxometalate-Based Systems for Solar Energy Production” on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016. Elliot’s thesis committee was led by Craig Hill with Tim Lian and Christopher Scarborough as additional members. Elliot plans to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship.
Hongjin Lv successfully defended his thesis, “Polyoxometalate-based Multi-Electron-Transfer Catalysts for Solar Energy Conversion” on Friday, September 4th, 2015. Hongjin’s thesis committee was led by Craig Hill with Cora MacBeth and Khalid Salaita as additional members. Hongjin will being a postdoc with Richard Eisenberg at the University of Rochester on September 1st.